Going through breast cancer can be one of the most challenging times of your life, and a time when help is needed most. Not surprisingly though, asking for help is one of the hardest things a person can do. That’s where Gather My Crew comes in. This fabulous online tool allows a person going through breast cancer to list things they need help with, and then invite those around them to choose what they can help them with.
In this episode I'm chatting with Susan Palmer, founder and CEO of Gather My Crew. Susan shares how and why it started, how it works, and the impact it's having on people's lives.
CHATTING WITH…Susan Palmer
Susan Palmer is a registered psychologist and health consultant, and the founder and CEO of Gather My Crew.
A passion to build healthier and stronger communities, combined with Susan’s clinical, research and consulting experience, is really what created the foundation of this unique project.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
WHAT is Gather My Crew?
WHY has it been created
HOW it can help you
HOW it works
What is Gather My Crew?
Gather My Crew is an easy-to-use online tool that allows friends, family and colleagues to help others in need when and how they need help.
Why has it been created?
Put simply, Gather My Crew solves two very real problems when going through breast cancer:Those going through breast cancer need help but often find it hard to ask for helpThe community around those going through breast cancer want to help but don’t know what they can help with
How can it help you?
Gather My Crew makes it easier to ask for help and reduces the sense of isolation often felt during times of need. The support Gather My Crew provides enables life to go on and promotes wellbeing and speed of recovery among people experiencing crisis. Further benefits for gatherers include:
Being able to coordinate the specific and practical help required
Reducing negative impacts such as anxiety and distress
Improving the ability to focus on getting through each day
Allowing someone else to coordinate help on a gatherer’s behalf
Diminishing embarrassment felt by those doing the asking
Enabling family members to keep working during the crisis to prevent further financial pressure.
How exactly does it work?
Gather My Crew has a list of over 80 tasks that someone require help with. To set up you simply log onto the website and create an account, then start selecting the tasks you might like help with, then invite your community and allow them to select the items they can help you with. Communication is provided to all parties.
“When you feel overwhelmed and don't know what to do...get online and gather your crew and let them help you”
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